Drone Sighting Shuts Down Heathrow

Despite anti-drone technology being purchased by both Heathrow and Gatwick, the UK’s largest airport has suspended all flights due to an alleged drone sighting near the runway. Developing…

UPDATE: A Heathrow spokesperson has said:

“We are responding to a drone sighting at Heathrow and are working closely with the Met Police to prevent any threat to operational safety. As a precautionary measure, we have stopped departures while we investigate. We apologise to passengers for any inconvenience”

UPDATE II: Heathrow spokesperson has said departures have resumed and all runways are now open. They were shut down for an hour…

mdi-timer 8th January 2019 @ 5:49 pm 8th Jan 2019 @ 5:49 pm mdi-comment Comments
Anti-Heathrow Cabinet Minister Abroad For Tonight’s Vote

All eyes on Boris’ whereabouts, which cannot yet be reported for security reasons, though it’s worth noting he is not the only Heathrow Cabinet critic who is missing tonight’s vote. Philip Hammond has long opposed a third runway, telling the Telegraph in 2010 that the idea was “Dead. Dead as a Norwegian parrot”. In 2015, he told his constituents he backed expanding Gatwick instead:

“London’s role as an international air transport hub can be maintained without additional runways at Heathrow. A second runway at Gatwick, plus enhanced transport links between the airports and better transport links to London will create a ‘virtual’ hub airport, maintaining Heathrow’s role in the local economy without expanding it.”

Hammond has sent a solitary tweet backing the government this morning, but we know what he really thinks. He will be defying the three line whip when he misses the vote in Mumbai tonight…

mdi-timer 25th June 2018 @ 12:41 pm 25th Jun 2018 @ 12:41 pm mdi-comment Comments
Hands Off Over Heathrow Vote

Greg Hands has resigned from the government as it emerged there will be a whip on the Heathrow vote on Monday. Hands is a longstanding campaigner against a third runway. He tweeted:

“As the Government will be whipping the vote on Monday, this means I am resigning from the Government. It has been an honour to serve the Prime Minister (and her predecessor) for the last 7 years and I wish the PM & the Government every continuing success.”

More could follow…

mdi-timer 21st June 2018 @ 11:37 am 21st Jun 2018 @ 11:37 am mdi-comment Comments
LibDem Richmond Candidate Encounters Turbulence

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The LibDem by-election campaign in Richmond has two key messages: that their candidate Sarah Olney will vote against Article 50 and oppose Heathrow expansion even more so than Zac. How is that going?

First Olney was forced to delete her website after saying we should go ahead with Brexit:

“Britain is leaving the EU – OK, I accept that. I don’t think we should re-run the referendum. I think we should stick to the course that has been decided.”

Now it turns out her husband helped to build Heathrow Terminal 5. “Town planner” Ben Olney’s CV boasts that before his current job he was “working on the delivery of Terminal 5 at Heathrow”.

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Sarah has plastered Ben’s face all over her leaflets and heavily involved him in her campaign. Richmond LibDems have an anti-Brexit candidate who wants Brexit to go ahead, an anti-Heathrow expansion candidate whose husband helped expand Heathrow… 

mdi-timer 21st November 2016 @ 10:15 am 21st Nov 2016 @ 10:15 am mdi-comment Comments
May Ignored Constituents on Heathrow

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Guido has dug out an old poll of constituents in Maidenhead commissioned by its MP. The voters there reported that they opposed airport expansion in the South East by 58% to 33%, also preferring a new airport to be built than a third runway at Heathrow by 39% to 23%. 77% expressed concerns about noise, 70% about air pollution and 69% about increased traffic. Who was the Tory MP who asked for and then ignored the views of her constituents? One Theresa May…

mdi-timer 25th October 2016 @ 5:19 pm 25th Oct 2016 @ 5:19 pm mdi-comment Comments
Boris Channels Aeroplane To Prove His Point

The interviewer jokes that Boris used his powers to activate the plane at that precise moment. Boris replies: “It’s nothing to what it will be, or would be”. The force is strong with Boris…

mdi-timer 25th October 2016 @ 4:10 pm 25th Oct 2016 @ 4:10 pm mdi-comment Comments
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